The Lloyd Reeds Map Collection

The LRMC is located on the first floor of Mills Library and has current and superseded editions of City street maps with land use information, HSR bus route maps, trail maps, walking tour maps, topographic maps, fire insurance plans (Ancaster 1947 & 1964) and aerial photographs from 1919-2005.

An Ancaster base map prepared for use on this assignment is available to download from the link below:

City Planning Documents

The City of Hamilton's online map website, , includes the following:

  • A "Map Gallery" with hundreds of ready-made maps of the local area in PDF format
  • An "Interactive Mapper" which allows you to zoom-in far enough to see individual building footprints, change airphoto basemap layers from 1999 to 2015, turn off an on theme layers, annotate and more.

City of Hamilton Heritage Resources (City of Hamilton Planning and Development Department)

Hamilton's Heritage Volume 2: Inventory of Buildings of Architectural and/or Historical Interest

Hamilton's Heritage Volume 3: Canadian Inventory of Heritage Building


Available in the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection, Mills Library:

Bowes, Arthur., and Ancaster Township Historical Society. Ancaster: A Pictorial History. Ancaster, Ont.: Ancaster Township Historical Soc., 1999.

Ancaster Township Historical Society. Ancaster's Heritage: A History of Ancaster Township.: Ancaster Township Historical Society, 1973.

Farmer, Thomas Devey Jermyn. A History of the Parish of St. John's Church, Ancaster: With Many Biographical Sketches of Those Worthies Who in the Early Pioneer Days and Afterwards Established and Maintained It, and Most of Whom Rest in Its Hallowed Ground : With Numerous Poetic Allusions and Quotations. Guelph [Ont.]: Gummer Press, 1924.

St. John's Anglican Church (Ancaster, Ont.). Our Heritage, St. John's: A Sesquicentennial Publication, 1816-1966. Ancaster, Ont.: [The Church], 1966.

Pinch, Charles, and Ancaster Township Historical Society. Anglicanism in Ancaster from 1790 to 1830. [Ancaster, Ont.]: Ancaster Township Historical Society, 1986.

King, Leslie J. One Hundred Years of Golf: The Hamilton Golf and Country Club, 1894 to 1994. [Ancaster, Ont.]: Hamilton Golf and Country Club, 1993.

Chapple, Nina. A Heritage of Stone: Buildings of the Niagara Peninsula, Fergus and Elora, Guelph, Region of Waterloo, Cambridge, Paris, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough, Hamilton, and St. Marys, 2006.

Evans-Shaw, Susan. Heritage Treasures: The historic homes of Ancaster, Burlington, dundas, East Flamborough, Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Waterdown. Toronto, Ont.: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2004.

City Directories show what person or what business was located at an address in a specific year. McMaster Library has the following suburban city directories for the City of Hamilton which cover Ancaster:

  • 1950 to 1996 editions are in microfilm format and are kept in the Map Collection
  • 1997-2013 editions are in paper format and are kept in the Map Collection

To find other books... search the McMaster University Library Catalogue

Hamilton Public Library has an excellent collection of books about local history (HPL, Local History & Archives Dept.)

Newspapers & Journals

Internet Resources

(This is not a complete list -- just a few suggestions to get you started!)

Ancaster Township Historical Society

Architectural Styles of Stone Buildings in Ancaster

Namesakes: The Story Behind Hamilton's Place Names

Vintage Hamilton on Facebook

Vintage Postcards of Hamilton, Ontario

Ontario Architecture Website (Shannon Kyles, Mohawk College) includes a good bibliography on other sources of information about architectural styles.

Cultural Landmarks of Hamilton-Wentworth

Historical Hamilton


Hamilton Public Library (Main Branch, Special Collections) has an excellent collection of books about local history.

They also have online resources:

Local History and Archives

How to Research Your House


Last Reviewed: January, 2018